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Two classic retro runners the Asics Gel Lyte III and the Saucony Grid 9000 paired with the prison writings of Black Liberation Army soldier Russell Maroon Shoatz “Maroon the Implacable”; an amazing biography of the man who inspire the Black Panthers and who brought organized armed self defense to the Civil Rights Movement Robert F Williams #robertfwilliams “Radio Free Dixie”; the second edition of George Katsiaficas’ Asia’s Unkown Uprisings, histories of anti authoritarian resistance to Asia’s military dictatorships from 1947-2009; and one of the greatest works of anarchist writing ever, Letters of Insurgents. 

Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power

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 by Timothy B. Tyson

This book tells the remarkable story of Robert F. Williams–one of the most influential black activists of the generation that toppled Jim Crow and forever altered the arc of American history. In the late 1950s, as president of the Monroe, North Carolina, branch of the NAACP, Williams and his followers used machine guns, dynamite, and Molotov cocktails to confront Klan terrorists. Advocating “armed self-reliance” by blacks, Williams challenged not only white supremacists but also Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights establishment. Forced to flee during the 1960s to Cuba–where he broadcast “Radio Free Dixie,” a program of black politics and music that could be heard as far away as Los Angeles and New York City–and then China, Williams remained a controversial figure for the rest of his life.

Historians have customarily portrayed the civil rights movement as a nonviolent call on America’s conscience–and the subsequent rise of Black Power as a violent repudiation of the civil rights dream. ButRadio Free Dixie reveals that both movements grew out of the same soil, confronted the same predicaments, and reflected the same quest for African American freedom. As Robert Williams’s story demonstrates, independent black political action, black cultural pride, and armed self-reliance operated in the South in tension and in tandem with legal efforts and nonviolent protest.  [book link

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Radio Free Dixie, already got questions about this one. I like the idea of it, as some kind of design for later on; but I only spent 35 minutes on it. I started negotiations with myself, and I lost (I’m stubborn and impatient, two detriments to compromise). As the loser, I now have to bank time from some projects to go in longer on others. The appropriate amount of love R.F.D. did not get, will show up elsewhere…